Professional experience

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Dr. Offner brings two decades of experience in mental health, K-12 and higher education to her current work with individuals, families and institutions.

From 2003-2017, Dr. Offner served as Consulting Psychologist and subsequently, Dean of Students, at The Commonwealth School, an independent college preparatory school in Boston. Most recently, she was staff psychologist at University Counseling Services at Boston College. She currently consults to Beacon Academy in Boston, a 14-month program between eighth and ninth grade that prepares students from low-income families for entry into independent day and boarding high schools.

This experience affords her a comprehensive and nuanced educator's perspective that informs not only her direct consultation to school counselors, teachers, and administrators, but her collaborations with schools and colleges on behalf of the students and families in her practice.

Dr. Offner maintains an independent clinical and consulting practice in her home in Newton Centre. She specializes in the treatment of adolescents and young adults; and consults to families, schools and colleges about all facets of student mental health.

Dr. Offner publishes and presents on student wellness/emotional health and student affairs policy and practice in independent schools.

 

Education & training

Dr. Offner holds a BA in Psychology & Sociology from Wesleyan University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. She also studied Social Psychology at London School of Economics. While at Boston University, Dr. Offner received specialized training in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults in a range of settings, including psychiatric hospital and day treatment programs, community mental health centers, and university counseling sites. Dr. Offner has also obtained advanced, post-doctoral training in psychotherapy theory and technique at Psychoanalytic Institute of New England (PINE).

 

Community service

From 1998-2003, Dr. Offner provided ongoing consultation to the Kindergarten faculty of The Devotion School, as part of a grassroots pro bono program initiated in response to mental health service cutbacks in the Brookline Public Schools. From 2010-2013, Dr. Offner served as a volunteer psychotherapist in the Boston chapter of A Home Within, a national organization that provides pro bono mental health services to children in foster care.

Dr. Offner previously coordinated the parent education speaker series at The Rashi School, an independent Reform Jewish Day School in Dedham. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Max Rosenfeld Trust, a foundation that provides educational scholarships and loans to low-income Jewish women living in and around Boston.

 
 

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